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2009 NHL Power Rankings: Week 9

by: AnthonyP On  Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Dennis Wideman & Tim ThomasA tonne of movement for week 9 in the NHL Power Rankings with all but four teams moving spots. However, despite all the movement, the top 3 of San Jose, Pittsburgh and Washington stayed the same with New Jersey jumping into the top 5.

Red ArrowThe biggest loser in our NHL Power Rankings this week were the Florida Panthers dropping a staggering 5 spots to end up at #28. After making a push for the playoffs last year people looked to the young Panthers team to get off to a decent start this season but so far they’ve disappointed and are running out of time to make up ground in the competitive Eastern Conference.

Green ArrowThe biggest gainer in our NHL Power Rankings this week were the Nashville Predators and Boston Bruins both climbing up 5 spots to land at #13 and #14 respectively. The Predators were a wild card coming into the season and so far they’ve solidified themselves as legit playoff contenders as they sit second in the central division. The Bruins on the other hand were expected to compete with Pittsburgh and Washington for top spot in the East but so far have disappointed but have shown signs in the last few games of turning things around.

Lets take a look at the rest of the league: NHL POWER RANKINGS for week 9.

Rank Team Record PRV Comment
1 San Jose Sharks 18-6-4 - Click Here to check out Rob Blake acting as a doctor for San Jose’s latest TV commercial.
2 Pittsburgh Penguins 18-9-0 - Sidney Crosby finally got things going last week collecting 5 goals and 3 assists for 8 points, good enough to earn 1st Star honors.
3 Washington Capitals 15-5-6 - Things should get interesting as the team will likely be without Alexander Ovechkin again either due to injury or suspension after his knee-on-knee hit to Tim Gleason.
4 New Jersey Devils 17-6-1 Green Arrow3 Martin Brodeur‘s middle name must be Merlot because like a fine wine he appears to be getting better with age. Last week Brodeur posted a 0.97 GAA and .963 SAV% in his three victories which got him the 2nd star of the week honors.
5 Calgary Flames 16-6-3 Red Arrow1 Are on a nice little roll winning their last three games in a row.
6 chicago-blackhawks 16-6-3 Red Arrow1 Enjoyed finally having Marian Hossa in their lineup as he has two goals in his first three games as a Blackhawk.
7 Colorado Avalanche 14-8-5 Red Arrow1 Rookie Matt Duchene has started to become more comfortable in the NHL as he has three points in his last 5 games.
8 Buffalo Sabres 14-7-2 Green Arrow2 Have started to play some solid hockey again outscoring their opponents by a combined score of 9-3 in their last two wins.
9 Phoenix Coyotes 15-11-1 Green Arrow2 Mikkel Boedker is making a case to stay with the big club as he has two points in his first two games since being recalled from the AHL on Friday.
10 Los Angeles Kings 15-10-2 Green Arrow3 Won two games last week and it appears that Ryan Smyth may be closer to returning than people thought.
11 Philadelphia Flyers 13-10-1 Red Arrow2 Struggling as of late losing back-to-back games including a 1-0 loss to the Thrashers.
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Columbus Blue Jackets 12-9-4 Red Arrow4 Riding a 5 game losing streak heading into week 10 and lost defenceman Rostislav Klesla to injury during their game against the Blues.
13 Nashville Predators 15-9-1 Green Arrow5 Unfortunately saw their 7 game winning streak come to an end but rebounded the next day with a solid 4-1 win over the Panthers.
14 Boston Bruins 13-8-5 Green Arrow5 Tough guy Milan Lucic just can’t stay healthy as the team has lost him for what appears to be another month after sustaining a high-ankle sprain against the Wild.
15 Detroit Red Wings 12-9-4 Red Arrow3 Were able to snap their three game losing streak with a 4-3 shootout win over the Blues.
16 New York Rangers 13-12-1 Red Arrow2 Despite the Rangers up and down start Marian Gaborik has been consistently on fire since the first game of the season as he now has 37 points in 25 games.
17 Ottawa Senators 13-7-4 Red Arrow2 Mike Fisher continues to carry a hot stick as he has 7 points in his last 5 games.
18 Dallas Stars 12-7-7 Green Arrow2 Good week for the Stars as they beat the Hurricanes 2-0 and the Lightning 4-3 in overtime.
19 Atlanta Thrashers 13-7-3 Green Arrow3 Have been lead by talented young goaltender Ondrej Pavelec as he’s collected three wins and two shutouts in his last 5 games.
20 Tampa Bay Lightning 10-6-8 Red Arrow4 Despite getting some solid play out of guys like Steven Stamkos, Ryan Malone and Antero Niittymaki the Lightning have lost three of their last 5 games.
21 Vancouver Canucks 14-12-0 Red Arrow4 Kyle Wellwood finally scored his first goal of the season in the Canucks win over the Kings Thursday night.
22 Montreal Canadiens 12-12-2 Green Arrow2 Had a big win over the Blue Jackets that saw defenceman Marc-Andre Bergeron score two goals.
23 New York Islanders 10-10-7 Green Arrow2 Click Here to vote for the Islanders goal song. Make sure it’s a wise choice as with the young talented group of forwards they have on the island there’s a good chance you’ll be hearing it often.
24 Anaheim Ducks 10-11-4 Green Arrow3 Saw their three game winning streak snapped with a 3-2 overtime loss to the Coyotes Sunday night.
25 Edmonton Oilers 10-13-4 Red Arrow4 Things couldn’t get much worse for the Oilers right now as they’ve lost talented winger Ales Hemsky for the rest of the season and goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin remains on the IR.
26 St. Louis Blues 10-9-5 - Click Here to check out David Perron‘s highlight reel goal that still has people talking about it in St.Louis.
27 Minnesota Wild 10-12-3 Green Arrow1 Scored two big back-to-back wins over the Avalanche as the Wild appear to be heading in the right direction after a terrible start to the season.
28 Florida Panthers 10-11-4 Red Arrow5 Have lost their last 4 games in a row. If there’s a silver lining it’s Michael Frolik as the young forward has 5 points in his last 5 games.
29 Toronto Maple Leafs 6-11-7 Green Arrow1 Good week for both the Leafs and forward Niklas Hagman as he potted 5 goals which was good enough for him to earn 3rd star honors.
30 Carolina Hurricanes 5-16-5 Red Arrow1 To try and put a positive spin on things we’ll give you a link for a nice little piece on Hurricanes promising prospect Drayson Bowman.

Be sure to check back next week with our NHL Power Rankings for Week 10.




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